Category Archives: Immune System Health
Strep throat is an incredibly common and very contagious condition. It plagues schools and workplaces, easily spreading from person to person through what can seem like minimal or even nonexistent contact. The symptoms of strep include a swollen and painful throat, and the condition is sometimes accompanied by cold like symptoms and a fever as well.
There is no real cure for the common cold. Often, when one strikes, we head off to the pharmacy for an over the counter remedy for the fever, chills, coughing, sneezing, congestion and body aches associated with one of the oldest illnesses. These over the counter remedies can help somewhat with symptom relief, but they often come with side effects like drowsiness and provide no other benefit than relieving cold symptoms because of their chemical compositions.
Although possible any time throughout the year, during the cold and dry winter months, the flu begins to rear its ugly head, infecting person after person across schools and workplaces everywhere. Due to a sluggish incubation period, confusing symptoms that start as if mimicking a cold and a literal lack of treatment options, the flu spreads easily and quickly.
There is no treatment for the flu. Since flu is caused by any number of viruses and while viral medications do exist, they are often unlikely to have much effect on the flu due to the large number of variable strains. As such, treatment is often more related to symptom management coupled with increased fluid intake and long periods of rest.